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Thought Leadership Events

The Institute hosts events throughout the year, bringing together urban park professionals to share experiences and expertise in an effort to improve park care. Through a variety of formats and topics, participants examine both challenges and successes in urban park management.

View all events and register below, or contact institute@centralparknyc.org for more information.


The Institute convenes "The Practitioners Roundtable" biannually in predetermined cities around the United States. Focusing on specific issues in urban park management, participants will collectively develop "next practices" thought leadership and a community of practice. The results of each Roundtable are published in a white paper and shared with the broader urban park community.


The Institute for Urban Parks Webinar Series provides online opportunities for urban park managers from around the world to learn about the techniques and practices used by the Central Park Conservancy. Webinar topics focus on questions received from other urban park managers. Video recordings and PDFs from past webinars are saved and can be found in the resource archive linked below.


The Institute's bi-annual conference brings together urban park managers from the non-profit and public sectors, including leaders from parks’ conservancies, alliances, and friends groups, as well as leading urban park academics and practitioners. Participants have the opportunity for peer learning, networking, exploration of current challenges, and discussion of new methods and strategies.

Upcoming Events

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Browse our past Institute events and access presentations, videos, and other reference materials.